What is a nursing home?

A nursing home is a state-licensed facility that may provide skilled nursing care, intermediate care, and/or custodial care. You may need to enter a nursing home on a short-term basis (for example, after a major illness or injury), or on a long-term basis (if you become physically or mentally incapacitated and cannot care for yourself). Although you may prefer in-home care, you may need to enter a nursing home if you require round-the-clock care, especially if you don’t have family to help you at home or if the services of an in-home caregiver are inadequate or unavailable.

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